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Immediately after starting breastfeeding, the most common problem that every mother will face is cracked nipples. It can be very painful, and sometimes they may bleed and get infected. Your doctor may ask you to use nipple shields and nipple care ointment, which may not always work up to the mark. In my experience, it’s better to keep the nipples moist using any butter cream. Dry nipples can also lead to cracks on them. So, try to keep your nipples moistened by using nipple butter cream.
The other most common problem that mothers face is breast engorgement. It can occur due to the following reasons:
1. Some babies don’t feed well, so the breast doesn’t empty, and milk gets accumulated.
2. Time gap between two consecutive feeding sessions is very long.
3. Due to medical problems, sometimes babies and mothers are kept apart, so the milk gets accumulated in the breasts.
4. Improper feeding techniques.
In all causes, the point to be noted is that milk accumulates in the breast, making it swollen and engorged. To prevent this, the excess milk should be expressed manually or through breast pumps. Improper feeding techniques have to be corrected. If you cannot find a way to do so, the breasts may get infected, leading to breast abscesses, for which surgery is the only treatment.
Another problem that is faced by some mothers is a urinary tract infection. It results in burning pain during urination, and mild fever. The reason for this is the urine pipe (Foley’s catheter), which is usually put in at the time of a C-section, or pre-delivery procedures like per vaginal examinations. To prevent urinary tract infections, mothers must take plenty of oral fluids, at least 5 to 6 litres a day. Some medicinal syrups can also be taken, and a course of antibiotics, administered by a doctor, should be taken if the infection does not subside.
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